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Director, Indigenous Pathway Programs

Simon Fraser University, Academic
Burnaby, British Columbia
$104,520 to $124,713
Closing date
Apr 19, 2024

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The Director, Indigenous Pathway Programs will lead the conceptualization and implementation of Indigenous student pathways to and through the university, with an initial focus on the Indigenous University Pathway Program (IUPP). The Director will advance relationships with host Nations and with Faculties, Student Services, Indigenous Recruitment & Admissions, the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) and other units at SFU dedicated to Indigenous programming and support services for Indigenous students to collaboratively form a strategic vision for Indigenous student pathways to and through the institution. This is a leadership role for which SFU seeks a candidate with lived experience, and/or deep understanding of the lived experiences, of Indigenous people in Canada. The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of the complexity in the implementation and evaluation of Indigenous pathway and bridging programs and the diverse forms of student success, along with a demonstrated understanding of the experiences of Indigenous students in Canadian K-12 and post-secondary systems, experience working collaboratively with Indigenous communities, and excellent professional judgement. Additionally, this leader will have demonstrated a passion for fostering Indigenous student success through the administration, promotion, and implementation of programs and projects that support Indigenous students throughout their educational journeys.

In accordance with Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, this opportunity is limited to applicants who self-identify as Indigenous or have Indigenous ancestry. Candidates are invited to submit a self-identification narrative/story of their Indigenous lived experience and a letter of support from Indigenous community to be considered for this position. We understand and acknowledge the deleterious effects of colonial and ongoing systems and structures such as residential schools, the 60s scoop and “status” cards on Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit or Métis) identity. This process is therefore intended to be interpreted in a broad understanding of Indigenous lived experiences and Indigenous community. Support letters for example, include letters from urban-based organizations, respected community elders outside place-based family/Nations for those in the process of reclaiming place-based connections and similar expressions of support. We acknowledge the potential emotional labour and/or (re)traumatizing impacts of sharing personal narratives in this context and encourage applicants to consider this fully in their decision-making to apply.

What SFU Offers: Simon Fraser University (SFU) is among Canada's leading comprehensive universities and consistently ranks as one of the top employers in the country. Located on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples, we are defined by innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement. Our commitment to Reconciliation is part of our core identity and one of the top priorities of our president.

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